Research suggests that marijuana – or more specifially compounds in marjuana – may have potential as a treatment for epilepsy and chronic pain, among other conditions. However, more research is needed to fully understand any potential health benefits from the substance.
Although California doesn’t currently require cannabis potency testing, many growers and dispensaries have their marijuana tested because of customer demand. Most cannabis users – particularly medical marijuana patients – want to have better insight into the potency of the items they are smoking or ingesting, so they can have more control over the effects and outcomes.
However, only a small percentage of each crop is typically tested, and potency can vary widely from plant-to-plant and even bud-to-bud, so consumers never know the real potency of the product they want to purchase.
Marijuana, it seems, is safer than previously thought! In a recent research study published in the Journal of Scientific Reports, researchers found cannabis to be the least risky recreational drug. Ironically, it was found that alcohol, a legal substance, posed the greatest risk. “Weed is roughly 114 times less deadly than booze,” stated the researchers, who made this calculation by taking the lethal doses of each drug and comparing them to the amount of that drug that is typically used. Continue reading